Last month, a case was made for Kyler Murray to become the next name for a short series of quarterbacks who have turned the tables on the NFL by exercising control over his draft status – a line currently consists of John Elway and Eli Manning.
"Murray may be one of the few to tell NFL the circumstances in which he will be willing to be employed in a professional football team" it was written. "He can clearly state that if he is not made up of a particular team (or team) and / or if he is not selected at a particular level, he does not sign a football contract and play baseball instead."
Then came the Super Bowl week, and Murray was asked blank on set PFT Live whether he would be willing to make it clear that he would choose baseball unless he is chosen by one of a list of specific teams. Murray started the answer by praising the A & 39 for how they have handled the situation, apparently indicating that he would not keep the door open to baseball on an undeniable basis from the MLB team that had prepared him. Murray then said he would not put such restrictions on his NFL draft status either.
But here's the case. With teams trying to avoid a Bo Jackson outbreak, Murray necessarily strikes where he plays with a first round pick on someone who never signs a football contract. With A being allegedly still ready to try to persuade Murray's creator and with a very real difference between Murray's recently revealed commitment to football and the ultimate commitment that would come from signing a contract containing the Jameis Winston baseball clause any team will consider writing COOL MURRAY on a draft card must be sure he will sign the same letters in the same order at the bottom of a formal four-year NFL deal.
This is where the stream comes from, whether Murray chooses to use it or not. The sword that Murray will swing comes from the legacy of the Big Shield teams to ensure that Murray will make his engagement a contract. Would anyone G.M. in his right mind draft Murray without first contacting agent Erik Burkhardt and saying: "Will your guy agree on terms, or will we waste a draft pick?"
Thus, Murray and Burkhardt must be subtle and passive, not active and aggressive when it comes to the very rare position Murray occupies. He is a draft NFL draft with the opportunity to earn so much or more money to play a sport other than football. And it will certainly make every team considering Murray very, very nervous.